Its mid Oct 2012, I chanced upon an article titled”Computer Viruses Are “Rampant” on Medical Devices in Hospitals” and to be honest, its a topic that interest me.
For the interested, this article is available at Technology Review.com
As I plough through the article, I begin to feel a little frustrated – by the fact that nothing much has changed over the past decade (well, almost a decade).
You see, I first wrote about this problem back in Nov 2003 which saw the article being published in PACSWeb in early 2004. A copy of that article is available here.
I pursued further on the topic (as I had an interest on Inforcom Security – so much so that I undertook a post graduate diploma in the topic back then) and presented the paper at the 7th Annual NTU-SGH Symposium in 2005, the abstract was published in the relevant conference journal (ISBN 981-05-3996-7).
If you read the current article (Oct 2012) and compared it to the article I wrote in (Nov 2003), the underlying concepts, symptoms, suggested prevention and rectification methods are similar.
9 years, this problem persisted for 9 years. Maybe I should find some governmental bodies or MNC to sponsor me in doing my advocacy work in a full-time manner, so I can intensify the advancement of healthcare informatics.
I have been talking about about capacity building, Workflow and Standards in health informatics these years, maybe I would have to wait for another 9 years to say “I told you so”.